Friday, February 3, 2012

Yarny Love: Everything Old Self-Striping Yarns

Everything Old - Self striping skeins
Here's something that you might not know about me: I have a major weakness for self-striping yarn. You really wouldn't be able to tell by looking at my projects, since I rarely knit with them.  I seem to just like hoarding and petting skeins of them.  Even before I started knitting socks I would always gravitate towards self-striping yarns and wanting to buy every skein possible.  I would always stop myself though cause really, what would I use them for?  But now that I do knit socks, oh boy, you bet I'm snatching up skeins left and right!  Yet I still don't knit with them.  Weird, huh?  I think it's because I see self-striping yarns as nothing but knee-high socks, and they can't be in anything other than straight up simple stockinette.  I know, I'm a weirdo. I just think that any lace pattern or other design would get lost within the stripes. So the most simplest of patterns is best. Wouldn't you agree?

Another factoid about little ol' me: I heart stripey knee socks like you wouldn't believe.  It's not natural just how much I love them.  I would love to have a whole drawer full of nothing but stripey knee socks.  And Skews.  Ahhh...that would be the life...but I'll admit that since having the Munchkin I rarely wear skirts any more and don't think I've worn knee socks.  Period.  Oh wait, I did once...for work.  But that's it, and that doesn't even count.  Well I'm thinking maybe it's about time I change all that!  

Once I get all current sock WIPs finished, that is (yes, all five pairs...note to self: do NOT have more than one pair of socks OTN!! You'll get them done faster when you're not dividing your knitting time between a million pairs!).  All that aside, when I do have a clean plate the first skein I'll be grabbing will be this beauty:

EverythingOld - Signature Sock - Domestic Badass Closeup 2

Oh, be still my heart.  Isn't she an absolute beaut?  My heart is pounding just looking at this photo!  She is some serious eye candy!!  I drool with lust every time I look at her and it's taking every ounce of willpower to stop myself from winding her up and casting on.  I want to give her all the undivided attention that she deserves, which means I cannot have any other projects on the needles at the same time.  Well, at least not another pair of socks on the needles.  I can never guarantee that I won't have a cardigan of sorts in the works, and promising myself to not knit up this yummy skein until I have nothing on the needles just means I'll never knit her up.  Really, I can't pull the wool over my own eyes!  Miso silly!  (Um...I think I've had too much coffee).

Anyways, before I launch into full on fantasy mode about this gorgeous yarn, let me tell you more about her.  She's a Domestic Badass that was custom dyed for me by my awesome-sauce of a friend, and fellow Bitchy Bee, Em.  I forget how the conversation got started, but I do remember that when I found out that Em dyed self-striping yarn I got all school-girl-like giddy.  Em probably thought I was a weirdo.  Then I saw her gamer inspired colourways and knew that I would eventually be forking over all my money to her.  I think Em knew this because she casually mentioned that she could dye up some pink self-striping goodness for me.  The woman is a yarn-slinging jezebel who knows my weakness.  I've been on a hunt for some black, grey, and pink striping yarn (surprise, surprise) and haven't been able to find what I was looking for.  So when Em told me she could dye up that exact skein for me, the whole world started spinning out of control and I think I gave her the creeps when I suddenly glazed over and had a smile on my face that could give the Cheshire Cat a run for his money.

EverythingOld - Signature Sock - Domestic Badass Super Closeup

Domestic Badass was inspired by Em's Film Noire colourway, which always sells out whenever she adds it to her shop. Sadly I couldn't photograph the pink properly, so on my monitor it looks a bit neon-ish but really it's not.  The pink is actually a deeper hot pink and not eye searing.  When Em asked me what kind of pink I wanted, the only pink that came to mind was the pink of the new Breast Cancer Kitchen Aid mixer that I am deeply, deeply in love with.  Since I couldn't really describe the pink I ended up just sending her the photo of the mixer.  So the pink in this yarn is actually more this:

Did you drool at that gorgeousness of a mixer?  I know I just did. I haven't been able to track this mixer in this colourway (which is Raspberry Ice, for those of you who want to know) anywhere in Canada yet.  That's for sale, at least.  I had read somewhere that Kitchen Aid is just test marketing the colourway and hasn't fully switched over and replaced the current baby pink mixers yet.  Trust me, I'm keeping a very watchful eye on this! Although it's kinda poor timing to be posting the photo of the mixer considering what's currently going on with the Susan G Komen Foundation.  Sorry!

Anyhoo, back to the yarns.  Since I'm weak in the face of self-striping yarns, while I was at it I decided to also get my hands on one of Em's Gamer Stripes skeins.  

This skein in particular was inspired by Em's pink PS3 controller.  How awesome is that? This skein will also eventually be turned into knee socks.  I'm hoping that one skein will be enough yardage for me.  I've been reasoning with myself that it's totally do-able considering that I have short legs and if I stick to a toe-up, plain vanilla sock pattern with a short row heel I can most definitely get away with using just one skein.

This past Monday Em updated her shop and had posted up another colourway that I'm seriously dying to get my grabby hands on.  Lucky for me I shy away from lace weight yarns or I would've broken my yarn diet for it, but Em's newest colourway is Radioactive Raspberry.  Um, yeah...I freakin' love the name!!!  I can already envision a cardigan in this.  And a shawl.  Socks too.

Want to see what else Em has?  Check out her shop, Everything Old, here.  Your needles will thank you for it if you do!  Em also has a blog under the name Everything Old Em, which you can read here.  My equally awesome friend, Ursa of The Pagan Knitter (check out her blog too here), is a knitting podcaster (she's on iTunes!! How cool is that? Subscribe to her podcasts here) also did an interview with Em at Victoria's first Fibrations.  Since I'm on a linking spree, you can check out the show notes here.  

Phew!  Linky-mania or what?  Ok, I'm going to go back to petting my lovely skeins.


  1. holy poop on a stick! that pink stripey thing is gorgeous!! i'm a huge fan of self striping yarns too but the only ones available here are so fugly. they don't even produce even stripes, and boy would i like my stripes even! also they're definitely not merino. oh no.

    i'm kinda gravitating towards the kitchen aid too..

    1. Oh no! That's so sad! To tell you the truth, if the dyer of awesome stripey-ness wasn't part of my knitting group I think all my self-striping yarns would be from online purchases. My LYS doesn't carry anything stripey, just yarns that have long colour changes like Zauberball. :/ So I feel your pain!

      Hee like the mixer too...excellent! ;)

  2. Aw, thanks for the mention, darlin'! And you'll get to mention me again when you come on the podcast, no? :-)

  3. "yarn-slinging Jezebel"... I think we have found a new nick-name for Em! I'm looking at a skein of that radioactive raspberry (you know she names that after you!), drooling, and trying to figure out what to knit with it!

    1. That is totally going to be her nickname Nat! When Em told me that she named that colour after me, I got overly giddy. I seriously cannot wait for my yarn diet to be over so that I can get my hands on some of that colour!!! I'm impatiently waiting for you to knit your skein up!

  4. Loving the self striping yarn here! The color combo is perfect and I'm not even a pink person.

    1. Hi Tayler! Welcome to my blog and thank you for reading! :)

      I really think the black and grey help tone down the pink that even pink-haters will like it! But then again, I'm completely biased on that! ;)


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